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WILLIAM R. TUCKER

Citation for Bronze Star Medal

General Orders No. 54, dated 12 March 1945.

II. BRONZE STAR MEDAL. By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order No. 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sec. II, Bulletin 3, WD, 1944), a Bronze Star Medal is awarded by the Commanding General, United States Army Forces in the Far East, to the following named officer:

Commander WILLIAM R. TUCKER, (K1000013), United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy near Tacloban, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on October 20 1944. Home address: Camp Hill, Alabama.

By command of General MacARTHUR:

Richard J. Marshall
Major General, General Staff Corps,
Chief of Staff

Citation for Bronze Star Medal (Oak-Leaf Cluster)

II. AWARD OF BRONZE STAR MEDAL (OAK-LEAF CLUSTER). By direction of the President, in addition to the Bronze Star Medal awarded to Lieutenant Colonel William R. Tucker by the Commanding General, USAFFE, as published in General Orders No. 54, dated 12 March 1945, a Bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster is awarded to him by the Commanding General, Sixth Army, under the provisions of Executive Order No. 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sect. II, Bulletin 3, WD, 1944). The citation reads as follows:

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM R. TUCKER, k 1000013, Corps of Engineers (Coast and Geodetic Survey), United States Army. For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 16 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Tucker was aboard a regimental crash boat during the assault on Corregidor. The Naval Force Commander required information as to the suitability of the landing beach for LSMs. The regimental crash boat being the only craft speedy enough and of shallow enough draft, was dispatched to obtain the desired information. It proceeded to the beach under heavy enemy machine gun fire from both sides of the cove, and while mortar fire was falling on the beach, and remained there while he supervised the necessary soundings and determined that the beach was suitable for the indicated purpose. During the seven minutes that the boat was under machine gun fire, he occupied an exposed position near the prow. "The speed, outstanding efficiency and quiet courage which characterized Lieutenant Colonel Tucker's performance of duty under fire were an inspiration to all who witnessed his conduct." Home address: Mr. W. E. Tucker, (Father), Camp Hill, Alabama.

BY COMMAND OF GENERAL KRUEGER:

G. H. Decker,
Major General, G.S.C.
Chief of Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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